The 100% female remake of Ocean Eleven is release at the cinema. In Ocean’s 8, eight women are trying to steal a necklace estimated at 150 million euros. A film with feminist accents, based on an impressive cast.
She has just spent five years behind bars. Five years during which Debbie Ocean did not have time to be bored. She took the opportunity to develop the breakout of the century. Around her, she gathered seven women. All the pros of the scam. Does that tell you something? But yes, the plot of the brand new Ocean’s 8, which comes out in theaters Wednesday looks just like Ocean’s Eleven.
An ambitious plot
Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is the sister of a certain Danny Ocean, the Ocean’s band leader, played by George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh’s trilogy. Director Gary Ross offers this time a 100% female spin-off. And his eight heroines have the ambition to make the biggest blow ever made by the Ocean’s.
Their objective ? Flying a necklace estimated at 150 million euros, at the very prestigious Met Ball, the annual gala of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
A dream cast
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Rihana. Just that !
Did the actresses talk with their illustrious predecessors to prepare the film? “I was able to talk to Steven Soderbergh, who made the Ocean’s trilogy,” says Cate Blanchett, in an interview with Allociné. “But I did not talk to the actors because our film exists by itself.Everything is based on the game between the actresses.The important thing was really the dynamics on the set,” she continues.
A feminist film
According to the director, Gary Ross, there has “never been a set of women like this one“. The film project started before the Weinstein affair. And yet, many issues raised by this case are already there. The steering films often portray bands of inexperienced or clumsy women. This time, Debbie’s team is just as pro as Danny’s. “It’s interesting to see that two or three years ago, it seemed impossible, when today we say: but of course,” said Cate Blanchett at a press conference.
That’s enough to whet the appetites of the team, according to Mindy Kalling. “I think the character Sandra Bullock wants a team of girls because we are often invisible,” she analyzes, also on Allociné. “And because of that, we want to steal even more, so this film is also a story of outsiders.”
A luxury necklace
Cartier is responsible for making the necklace that is at the center of all desires. A film set inspired by a necklace designed in 1931 by Jacques Cartier, himself, for the maharajah of Nawanagar. A jewel that no longer exists today.
“The necklace is a tribute to Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s artistic director in the 1930s, who made a decisive contribution to defining the stylistic identity of the house,” says Le Journal de la Haute Horlogerie. “Throughout her career, she has paid tribute to the Indian style, a major source of inspiration, as well as to the splendor and opulence of the Maharajahs,” the newspaper said.
It remains to know what has become of this necklace after the shooting …
Extras of choice
The flight takes place in the walls of the largest museum in the United States, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met). More specifically during the famous annual gala, organized by Vogue magazine and its intangible editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. For the sake of realism, it is impossible for the production to do without the presence of the one who is nicknamed the iron lady.
Other extras from Met Gala include casting model Hailey Baldwin, tennis player Maria Sharapova, fashion designers Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Jason Wu and Kim Kardashian. The American had been robbed in his hotel in Paris in October 2016. Nearly ten million euros of jewelry had been stolen. And Kim Kardashian was very affected by this attack.
Rating: PG-13 (for language, drug use, and some suggestive content)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Gary Ross
Written By: Olivia Milch, Gary Ross
In Theaters: Jun 8, 2018 Wide
On Disc/Streaming: Sep 11, 2018
Runtime: 110 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds. But that is a miserably low hurdle to ask such a starry cast to clear…
As heists go, it’s a moderately ingenious idea, and for the most part, the movie floats along amiably on the tide of its stars’ charisma and the capable if uninspired direction of Ross, who also co-wrote the script with Olivia Milch.
Anne Hathaway makes Daphne Kluger’s laugh just one of many annoying things about her, which makes taking advantage of her fun in a movie that’s not just a gender switch on heist flicks but a nifty takedown of celebrity culture and the fashion world.